Almost two years ago, after Rachel “Nuclear Prize in Physics” Jeantel testified in the George Zimmerman trial, there were a handful of black commentators, mainly on the internet, and mainly women, who bitched a fit. “Oh my God, all these right wing racists on Fox, O’Reilly, Hannity, are making fun of Rachel Jeantel, calling her a stupid moronic idiot, and probably also the n-word!”
I turned on O’Reilly and Hannity at the time, and they were doing no such thing even though they did cover her testimony.
Then I figured it out. It’s a form of psychological projection.
These black women internet talking heads were projecting their opinion of Rachel Jeantel onto people who they expected to have that same opinion (but didn’t in reality). They’re the ones who thought the lovely and gracious Miss Jeantel was a blooming moron, (And, gee, where would anyone get a silly idea like that?), but racial solidarity considering the political circumstances of the Zimmerman trial prevented them from presenting those opinions as their own. So on a subconscious level, they bounced their own opinions off of other people by denouncing them for having those same opinions, even though, again, they didn’t publicly have those opinions.
Fast forward to today. At the same speech where the densest and most irony-oblivious man on Earth denounced rich people who send their kids to expensive private schools, that being Baraq Obama, he added:
Tuesday at Georgetown University President Barack Obama discussed poverty at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit and argued Fox News intentionally divides the country by highlighting poor people who make even him mad by asking for free “Obamaphones.”
Obama argued if we are going to end poverty, “We’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.”
“Where you’ve got the middle class and question has been, who are you mad at?” Obama said. “If you’re struggling — if you’re working but don’t seem to be getting ahead and over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top or be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu — they will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, ‘I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obamaphone,’ or whatever.”
How often do you hear “the poor” referred to as “sponges, leeches, lazy, undeserving, wanting a free Obamaphone” on FNC? Rarely. I happen to think that Obama actually thinks that about them, and he’s bouncing his own opinions off of FNC.
And then he goes on to bitch about John Boehner and Mitch McConnell supposedly won’t do everything he wants, when the reality is that Obama is getting 99% of what he wants mostly on account of Boehner and McConnell rolling over. Ironically, Breitbart is putting Conservative Review percentage scores next to politicians’ names in its articles now, and you can see their 40% and 54% scores, respectively, proving that they’re little resistance.
Okay, he said “Obamaphone,” which means Obama must still be upset that FNC and other sources looped this quite a bit toward the end of the campaign in 2012:
Two ironies about that: One, she’s in Cleveland, and middle aged and elderly black women (like her) turned out in record breaking numbers in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to swing Ohio blue, and Ohio being blue is what swung the election for Obama in 2012. Two, Baraq Obama did not sign the “Obamaphone” program legislation, that is, adding the cell/mobile space to the long-existing Lifeline program, George W. Bush signed it in 2008. More properly, these phones should be called “Bushphones,” but somehow, colloquially, on the streets, they got the moniker “Obamaphones” attached to them. Until we all saw her rambling on in October 2012 in this clip, most of us had no idea what an “Obamaphone” was, and most people still don’t know the true back story.
Also, the more I think about the entirety of Obama’s remarks, the more I think he’s complaining about what The Bell Curve predicted 20 years ago, that is, the increasing rift of separation between the wealth-cognitive elite and everyone else. But, again, like everything else in his speech, he’s too dense to realize that he benefited from that system.